When the Chiefs signed Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson to complement Brandon Flowers, there was a common consensus that it could be one of (if not the) best trios in the league.
Fast-forward 365 days; two of them are jobless, and the other, Smith, is veering toward the same exit by this time next offseason. ESPN's Adam Teicher reports:
Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was cited for driving under the influence and careless driving after an officer witnessed him lose control and strike a light pole early Monday.
According to a copy of the police report, Smith was attempting to make a turn in Kansas City's Power & Light entertainment district when he struck the light pole around 12:30 a.m. The officer reported that Smith "appeared confused and began mumbling statements that I did not understand."
Smith declined medical attention. Along with citations for driving under the influence, he was also cited for failure to provide insurance.
Due to his recent run-in, Smith was swiftly relegated to the second team, as noted by Sean Keeler of Fox Sports:
Is it a permanent fixture? No.
However, Marcus Cooper is the team's reigning Rookie of the Year, and Phillip Gaines sweats with starter potential. But being that the duo is plagued with inexperience, Smith will likely revert to taking first-team reps once mandatory minicamp begins.
Plus, since the Chiefs would forfeit $2.2 million in cap room by severing ties with Smith, his roster spot is cemented. Next year, though, the prefix of that disincentive will vanish, as the team can gain $5.5 million through his departure.
Last season, out of 110 cornerbacks who partook in one-fourth of their club's defensive snaps, Smith allowed opposing wideouts to catch just half of their intended targets, ranking No. 8 in that category, per PFF.
On the flip side, when they did burn the corner, they incinerated him. Smith's opponents averaged 15.4 yards per reception—the 12th-most among that same demographic.
In other words, the sixth-year defender is on a relatively short leash. If he's wise, Smith will buckle down, stay on the straight and narrow and avoid any off-field incidents (and light poles).
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